KELLY RIOTS, SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE. An appeal to the public

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KELLY RIOTS, SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE. An appeal to the public

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Auction Date:2012 Oct 20 @ 11:00 (UTC+1)
Location:38 Molesworth Street, Dublin, Dublin, ., Ireland
KELLY RIOTS, SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE. An appeal to the public, by a gentleman of Trinity-College, Dublin. Colophon : Dublin : Printed for Peter Wilson in Dame-Street, 1747FIRST (ONLY) EDITION, broadside, printed on both sides of the leaf, 2-pages. folio, folded, edges uncut : in very good state. Only one other copy recorded : Dt. Not included in Lowe, Arnott, Robinson. Essentially, a plea for reconcilliation. "Two decisions made in Dublin in 1744–5 were to have a long-term effect on [Thomas] Sheridan's life. The first led to the uniting into a single company of Dublin's two theatres, Aungier Street and Smock Alley, the second to Sheridan's appointment as manager of the united company. His first period of management began triumphantly, aided by his recruiting of Garrick and George Anne Bellamy … (his) second season as manager was marred by an incident that gave rise to the notorious Kelly riot. Kelly, a Galway ‘gentleman’, had made a drunken assault on one of the Smock Alley actresses at a performance of Vanbrugh's Aesop on 19 January 1747, and Sheridan had twice forcibly expelled him from the theatre. Kelly's supporters considered this a player's affront to a gentleman, and expressed their outrage two nights later by breaking up a performance, storming the stage, and physically damaging the backstage area. Kelly's trial was perceived in part, not least by Sheridan, as a test of the manager's right to the status of ‘gentleman’. There were sections of the Dublin public that never forgave him." - ODNB.ENGLISH PRE 1801; DUBLIN PRINTED; DUBLIN; THEATRE; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;